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    Friday, June 3, 2016

    The Grapevine (6/3/16): SAWFTening Up the Division

    Good morning, and this is your daily Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the founded and unfounded rumors abound the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the evening.

    There might be at least one prominent tag team who might get split up in this year's WWE Draft:

    • WWE officials are reportedly high on Big Cass because of how he looks and how he works in the ring. While Enzo Amore was on the shelf with that concussion, people within WWE have seemed to be inclined towards the idea of Big Cass as a singles star in the future. Cass' current booking is meant to protect him in case WWE is ready to push him on his own. The upcoming WWE Draft could be very interesting for the Realest Guys in the Room. (Source: PWInsider)

    We say: No, WWE. Don't even do it, not just yet. You have a tag team that's very hot with the crowd, and you're trying to rebuild your tag team division. Focus on that first before you even think about splitting tag teams up via the WWE Draft because that's very short-sighted booking. Build the teams, the divisions, and the titles, and then worry about the potential singles runs of the teams when their respective arcs have been fleshed out.

    • The original plan for the MITB Ladder Match was to have seven participants, but now it appears that WWE is currently sticking with the six-man lineup of Dean Ambrose, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Alberto Del Rio. (Source: WON)

    We say: Seven's always been an odd number for a multi-man ladder match, so having these six guys in the match is fine. The bigger issue is how WWE advertised seven participants, only for them to backtrack so easily and just stick with six without explaining why they removed the seventh man. WWE's been long guilty of not explaining last-minute decisions, and they really have to stop doing that. Come on.

    • The original plan for the Submission Match between Charlotte and Natalya at Extreme Rules was for them to have a long one, but they were instead just given eight minutes. Charlotte and Nattie ended up working a 9 1/2 minute match. (Source: WON)

    We say: That explains why the match felt so bitin. This is a baffling decision given that they didn't have a whole lot of matches on the Extreme Rules card to begin with. They had three hours, which was more than enough to give all of the matches significant time to develop, and yet somebody thought it was a brilliant idea to give a Submission Match just eight minutes. Please explain how that makes sense. That it happened to the girls shows once again that for every two steps forward, WWE is so willing to take another step back. Sigh.

    • On a related note, we reported yesterday that Vince McMahon isn't high on Sasha Banks because of her supposedly being injury-prone and that she only goes at one speed all the time. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the original plans for Sasha Banks involve her in a program with Summer Rae so the Boss can get over and look like a credible challenger to eventually win the WWE Women's Championship at SummerSlam. (Source: WON)

    We say: Well, we're a little over two months away from SummerSlam. If WWE really is serious about turning Sasha Banks into the mainstream star she has the potential to be, then they should start right now. How about putting her back on TV in backstage promo for starters?

    Let us know what you think of today's rumors in the comments!

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    Item Reviewed: The Grapevine (6/3/16): SAWFTening Up the Division Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Stan Sy
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